For starters, I am no longer 100% gluten free. I will be eating and cooking primarily GF, but not always. And definitely not when I'm out with friends. It's really hard on people to find food for me to eat already with being vegan, so gluten free is not a big deal to me. I'll just eat as little as possible. For those who have to be GF because of celiac disease of some other factor, it must be really hard! How do you manage to do it?
|From L-R: (Top row) Myself, JJ, Vince, Tim.|
(Bottom Row) Erin, Pammy, Kelsey, Adele, and Dom (our Hall Director)
For example, when someone "stole" my cell phone the other day.
Let's be real. I was leading an event with Xavier Navigators (a Christian based group on campus) and I did not have my phone on me for much of the night. It was sitting out, and I was not paying attention to it. Game night was going FABULOUSLY, I was getting to know a lot of the freshmen, and having a great time.
The night came to an end, and after we had cleaned and packed everything up, I noticed one thing was missing.
My cell phone.
We literally turned the entire lounge upside down. We searched inside everything and everywhere. Where could it possibly be? We called other people and told them to look through their things, and we still had no luck.
So, the leader, Mark, told me I could have his old smartphone. I went back to Husman and sat in the office with some of my other staff members and just talked to them for a while. JJ, my building's SRA (senior RA - he's not a senior, but he oversees all the rest of us) looked and me and said I could have his old phone too! (Now I had two phones being offered to me!) It was an ENV3, which is a pretty good phone. And since I had to wait until the next day for Mark's, I decided to use JJ's.
I called my parents and told them the situation. My dad deactivated my phone and said that the phone was stolen. I activated JJ's phone and went on my way.
The next morning, I worked out with Elizabeth, another leader of Navigators, who gave me Mark's old phone (smart phones are so confusing...). I went to class and everything was normal until I hear a little voice say my name from the hallway outside my dorm.
"Rachael....?" I turned around to see Miranda, another leader of Navigators. GUESS WHAT? She had my cell phone!
Turns out someone put it in her backpack on accident. SERIOUSLY?! I spent the whole night spazzing and NOW we find my phone?! But thanks, Miranda. I missed my touch screen!!
I activated my phone again and all was well. Still, what this showed me was that I am surrounded by amazing people in all of the communities that I am a part of. They are willing to do anything for you when you need it. Absolutely anything. College is where you meet your best friends for the rest of your life, right? I think it will definitely hold true for me.
|Our welcome board on the wall in front of the office|
|I apologize. I know this photo is sideways...|
Chocolate Cherry Trail Mix
Raw pumpkin seeds
Throw everything into a plastic bag and shake to combine! Voila :) The perfect easy and healthy snack.